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Swarms of jellyfish attack swimmers

December 31, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Swarms of jellyfish stung nearly 300 swimmers looking to cool off from a heat wave in a Brazilian beach city.

At least 15 people, including children and teenagers, were treated in Praia Grande for severe stings, Dr. Adriano Bechara told the Tribuna newspaper.

Fire Capt. Atila Gregorio Ribeiro Pereira said the jellyfish were Portuguese men-of-war.

Authorities blamed an extreme heat wave over the southeastern region for the swarm in the shallow waters off Praia Grande.

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians flock to the country's beaches every year during the holiday season.

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